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Should Israel and the U.S. rethink Iron Dome’s usefulness?

Strategically speaking, the Iron Dome antimissile shield, precisely because of its effectiveness, has been disastrous for Israel: It has saved Hamas from destruction and it has helped to seriously undermine Israel’s image as a civilized state in the eyes of many in the West. During the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, Iron Dome has efficiently protected Israel from massive damage and casualties. ...

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Cold water on ice buckets

Americans are probably not unique in treating philanthropy as a sort of game, with the goal of making it go down painlessly. The ice bucket challenge sweeping the nation – or at least Facebook and Twitter – is another example. It’s a system that includes credit card companies making a Christmastime donation every time you charge a purchase, or shoe ...

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Official: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom

Related media Travel deals WASHINGTON – (AP) — The Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros– in ransom for his release, a U.S. official said Thursday. The demands were sent in emails to Foley’s family in New Hampshire, a second U.S. official said. Both officials spoke on ...

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Ukraine’s Poroshenko talks tough ahead of meetings with Merkel, Putin

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had “a strong country, a strong army” behind him. Poroshenko spoke as government forces, despite taking heavy losses themselves, thrust deeper into rebel-held territory ...

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South African lawmakers chant ‘pay back the money’ at Zuma

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s national assembly was brought to a halt on Thursday as far-left lawmakers noisily chanted “pay back the money” at President Jacob Zuma, after $23 million in public funds was spent on his home. Zuma was responding to questions in the usually calm…

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Tragedy puts Marina Silva at heart of Brazil campaign

Environmental activist Marina Silva has unexpectedly found herself centre stage in Brazil’s presidential election campaign, following the death in a plane crash of Eduardo Campos, the candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB). But Ms Silva is an experienced politician with an impressive record. A former environment minister during the government of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva she is seen ...

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Russia Denies Sanctions Revenge On McDonald’s

21 August 2014, 11:19 Russia Denies Sanctions Revenge On McDonald’s Tweet Russia’s food safety agency has denied it has closed four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow as an act of revenge for US sanctions. Rospotrebnadzor insisted there was no political motivation behind the decision to shut the burger chain’s operations, saying it…

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Dramatic Video Shows Fatal St. Louis Police Shooting

Share Watch more news videos | Latest from the US Copy Police in St. Louis released video showing officers shooting and killing a man – a shooting that occurred only 10 days after an officer in nearby…

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Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical baffles NASA

The world agreed to stop using CC14 as part of the Vienna Convention on Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol, which attained universal ratification in 2009. A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but NASA said on Wednesday that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into ...

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